Cornell University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

Cornell University campus, Ithaca, New York.
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As an Ivy League school, Cornell has a low acceptance rate. In 2016, just 14% of applicants were admitted. Students will need an impressive application and high grades/test scores in order to be admitted. To apply, interested students will need to send in a completed application (the Common Application is accepted), teacher evaluations, SAT or ACT scores, a high school transcript, and a personal essay.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Cornell University Acceptance Rate: 14%
  • Cornell GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 650 / 750
    • SAT Math: 680 / 780
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 34
    • ACT English: 31 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

Cornell University Description

Along with its excellent faculty and facilities, Cornell University boasts a beautiful location in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. Located in the small city of Ithaca, the huge hillside campus overlooks Lake Cayuga and is crisscrossed by deep gorges and bridges.​

Cornell is unique among the Ivy League universities in that its agricultural program is part of the state school system. Cornell is well known for its schools of engineering and hotel management. Its strengths in research and instruction have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and Cornell can also boast of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Academics are supported by a 9 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Cornell's athletic teams are called the Big Red.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 22,319 (14,566 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,952
  • Books: $910 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,900
  • Other Expenses: $1,850
  • Total Cost: $67,613

Cornell Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 61%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 49%
    • Loans: 30%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $35,445
    • Loans: $8,030

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Biology, Economics, Hotel Management, Human Development, Industrial and Labor Relations, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track, and Field, Baseball, Basketball, Squash, Tennis, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Rowing, Golf, Swimming, and Diving
  • Women's Sports: Fencing, Cross Country, Volleyball, Swimming, and Diving, Squash, Tennis, Softball, Rowing, Sailing, Lacrosse, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Cornell and the Common Application

Cornell University uses the Common Application.